Grand Opening Night of 30th Lislea Drama Festival

March 1, 2011

On Saturday 26th February the grand opening night of Lislea Drama Festival took place to a packed house in the OLD SCHOOL HOUSE THEATRE LISLEA.

The platform party consisted of the  Festival President Mr Joe Murphy, Festival Chairperson Mr. John Campbell, Secretary Mrs. Anne Garvey, Lislea Community Association Chairperson Mr. Damien McCann, Adjudicator Mrs. Kathleen Barrington and the festival Sponsor Mr. Gerry Courtney LENCO Construction Ltd.

Cloonacool Players, all the way from Co. Sligo gave their portrayal of “PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME” by Brian Friel on Saturday night. The festival chairperson Mr. John Campbell extended a warm welcome to this group making their “debut as the first group to perform in Lislea from Connaught”.  This play is a long standing favourite of patrons centring on the dilemmas of the emigrant, namely “Gar” on his proposed journey to Philadelphia. This was an eagerly awaited performance and one which didn’t disappoint.

Last night, Lislea welcomed Millrace Drama Group, Mullagh, Co. Cavan with the controversial “PORTIA COUGHLAN” by Marina Carr. This play centred on the life of Portia who struggled to come to terms with the loss of her twin brother and the difficulties she faced along the way. This play dealt with some very complex and challenging themes.

On Wednesday 2nd March it is the turn of Stagefright Theatre Company with “KEY FOR TWO” by John Chapman and Dave Freeman.  This is a wickedly amusing play which centres on elegant divorcee Harriet, who solves her financial woes by entertaining two married gentlemen. Definitely a play to lift the spirits!

Saturday 5th March Kilrush Drama Group return from Co. Wexford to present the J. M. Synge play “PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD” which tells the story of Christy Mahon who stumbles into Flaherty’s sheebeen after claiming he killed his father. A story of treachery and romance to enthral audiences from this award winning drama group from Wexford.

Pomeroy Players, Co. Tyrone will present “A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE” by Arthur Millar on Sunday 6th March. It is a love story of sorts involving the Italian/American family of Eddie Carbone, his wife and his niece set in 1950’s New York. This play gives audiences a peek at family life under the Brooklyn Bridge which is turned upside down by a series of events.

Curtain up at 8pm sharp. Tickets are on sale nightly at the Box Office from 7-8 pm. Nightly Admission £6 Children £3 General Enquiries Tel 028 30838565

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